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Sacramento Works Creates Training Opportunity with Innovative Partnership

Challenges

Even though E3 NorCal has become one of the premier service providers of Energy Audits, HERS, Verifications and Building Performance Testing in California, they were facing challenges with expansion. E3 found it was becoming increasingly difficult to find qualified employees who possessed the crucial training and experience needed to be successful in the Energy Auditing field.

Solutions

Sacramento Works was awarded $2.7 million in Clean Energy Workforce Training grants through Recovery Act, WIA and the California Energy Commission. Through a partnership with the Los Rios Community College District, a Green Building training program was launched at Cosumness Community College in Sacramento, California. Sacramento Works was able to refer candidates who had completed the Weatherization and Energy Audit program to Tommy Young of E3 of NorCal.

Success

Mr. Young was very impressed with the quality of the program, which provides prospective employees with 18 weeks of coursework in Building Science. Mr. Young commended the agency and the college district for having the foresight to develop a strong, science-based curriculum that produces fundamentally sound Energy Auditors and trainees. E3 has already hired three students from the programs and looks forward to employing others in the future.

Submitted by SETA – Sacramento Works, Cerritos, CA
September 11, 2013